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of hurricane sandy on transportation and housing. congress is currently considering a $60 billion relief package. this is about an hour and 10 minutes. >> good morning. it has been a tough morning. we just had a hearing on benghazi. we had the opening of senator in ua lying in state. and now we come to this. it has been a tough day. hopefully we will get some commitment from our colleagues to meeting our challenges. as you all know, asante's overwhelming -- sandy's overwhelming force cause damage on an unprecedented scale. unprecedented, but we expect extreme weather like this to become more common for our region. because we need to prepare for the next storm, it is not enough for us to simply discuss how to restore infrastructure to pre- storm conditions. in my view, now is the time to determine what actions we must take in order to build back the region in a way that makes us less vulnerable in future storms. the term we use in washington to describe this is mitigation. and do not think that word makes clear enough the critical task we are pursuing. this is about rebuilding in a strong
. a $60.4 billion to pay for recovery efforts in the states pummeled by hurricane sandy took a major step towards passage. is this the kind of spending conservative house republicans are talking about? guest: yes. it's interesting. you've seen the senate. the article stays senate moved towards this passage and it will probably happen next week when they return from their christmas break, the house has made absolutely no movement to put this on the floor and will most certainly be pushed into next year which means the bill will die and they will have to reintroduce the bill and go through some of the same procedure since you will have new senators here in the chamber. it's exactly right. the caller said exactly the discussion going on in the republican conference. he mentioned senator coats. i believe there's a list of 21 amendments they will go through before they pass the bill and i think the coats is one of those the caller will see the senators get a chance to vote on that. senator coburn will have four or five spending cuts to go through so the senate is going to have a lot of debate
over to. they feel that the chris christie support for the request for a sandy relief is hurting them with republicans, so things move on rather quickly in politics. host: there are some lingering feelings that chris christie did not do what mitt romney. and then it was said they did not change anything. is go there is a lot of rearview mirror grumbling when it comes to chris christie in this campaign. -- guest: there is a lot a rearview mirror bromelain -- bromelain. he was not a staff favre, to put it mildly, but what i found out is that when the grumbling took place, mitt romney's said, "i know this. i was a governor, too," cindy msoft chris christie. some were deeply angry about the chris christie embrace of president obama in the final days of the campaign. looking at the polling in ohio before the hurricane, president obama was up, so it was not like a hurricane affected alive. i think president obama was up in virginia before the hurricane, as well. the hurricane did not help the romney cause. it froze the campaign for a couple of days, but he had a problem before sandy. guest:
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